SEGMENT FOURINT. LUKE'S APARTMENT – SATURDAY AFTERNOON – A FEW MINUTES LATER
Lorelai is sitting on the couch patting Paul Anka – deep in though, she doesn't even realize someone walking in. Luke, with a plate of food in one hand, and a mug of coffee in the other – enters the apartment and sets them on the table.
LUKE: (Walks closer to her) You didn't have anything to eat.
LORELAI: (Realizes he's standing not 4 feet away from her) Oh, (shakes her head) yeah… I forgot.
LUKE: (Nods slightly, then with caution asks) Is everything okay with you and Emily?
LORELAI: (Leaving Paul Anka behind, she slowly stands up) What? Oh… yeah… Emily and I are fine… (Walks past him to the table to grab the coffee).
LUKE: (Turns to look at her) The two of you looked like you were fighting outside.
LORELAI: Fighting? No… well… sort of… (brushes it off) It was about the Rose Room.
LUKE: (Nods) Okay (very obviously not sold, he turns to walk to the door – but he stops himself and turns back – and with one calm but direct tone) I don't believe you.
LORELAI: (Surprised, and realizing that Luke didn't buy her story) What?
LUKE: It's not about the Rose Room… is it?
LORELAI: (Sets the mug down on the table, as she realizes that she may have to reveal the truth no matter how unready she is) Luke.
LUKE: (Shakes his head) Why are you keeping things from me? Is it the wedding? Are you having second thoughts?
LORELAI: (Surprised at the question) What? No! I'm not having second thoughts about the wedding. I want to…
LUKE: (Cuts her off as he starts to rant) Do you think we're rushing into it? I know it's all happening fast… but it doesn't seem like it is… does it?
LORELAI: (Shaking her head, she takes one step closer) Luke…. No.
LUKE: We've waited so long, Lorelai. I don't understand.
LORELAI: Luke, it's not the wedding. I want to marry you… this is all I've wanted.
LUKE: (Places both the hands on his sides) Then what is it?
LORELAI: (Winces, then begins to reveal the truth) It's…
LUKE: You don't want to tell me.
LORELAI: I do!
LUKE: Then why is it so difficult for you to just come out and say it? I thought this time it was different for us… we weren't going to keep anything from each other.
LORELAI: (Takes a couple of steps closer to him) Luke…
LUKE: (A little annoyed, he rubs his forehead) You know what? Tell me when you're ready. (With that he leaves the apartment).
Camera on Lorelai as she places her hands on her face to cover it in shame – worried that she may have caused more problems than fix them.
CUT to the INT. LUKE'S DINER – A MINUTE LATER.
Lorelai rushes downstairs and stops at the end of the counter, then looks at Luke – who stops cleaning the counter-top and faces her. Lorelai notices all the customers keeping the diner busy. Not having the strength to pursue it further, she sighs and walks to the exit. She leaves. Camera fades on Luke as he sighs and drop the rag on the counter.
INT. THE GREEK CAFÉ – SATURDAY EVENING
Rory and Paris enter the semi-busy café and stand behind a few customers.
PARIS: (Nods) Looks like a decent place.
RORY: Yeah, I like it. Found it last week, when I took my lunch hour to walk around the block and familiarize myself.
PARIS: I see.
RORY: Their Baklava is so good. Combined with their Greek coffee. Mmm.
PARIS: Greek Coffee?
RORY: Very much like Turkish Coffee.
PARIS: (Still observing the surroundings) Ah. There's a table by the window. I'll go grab it. (Before Rory could respond, Paris bolts to get the table)
As Rory begins to turn back, a familiar face enters the café and stands behind her. It takes Rory a second to realize who it is because he doesn't have his signature accessory with him – the newspaper. Nate, still very much oblivious to Rory's existence, stands behind her and pulls out his wallet.
RORY: (Does a double-take – then sighs) Hey.
NATE: (Looks up from his wallet, and realizes who it is) Hey.
RORY: (Trying to make conversation) Come here often?
NATE: (For the first time, he looks directly at her – which makes Rory nervous) Yeah… been coming here for years. Great Baklava.
RORY: Oh yeah, I tried it a few days ago… (awkwardly) love it.
Nate nods, and then goes back to his wallet. Rory (awkwardly) realizing that their conversation may have just ended, she turns back around. It's her turn…
RORY: (To the Barista) Oh… hi. Two baklavas and two coffees for here, please.
Rory hands the barista some dollars, and receives some change – then the barista places two plates of baklava and two small cups of coffee – clearly more than Rory's hands can carry at once. She struggles trying to figure out a way she can carry it all at once (a few 'umms" are heard).
NATE: (Surprisingly offers) I'll bring the coffee over.
RORY: Oh, thanks (As she walks away, she closes her eyes in embarrassment).
We can faintly hear Nate's order.
NATE: (Familiar with the café employees) Hey Helen, just a small cappuccino to go. (He hands the barista the correct change).
PARIS: (Who had been watching the whole scene from her seat – comments as Rory places the plates on the table) That was interesting.
Nate follows with the two coffees.
RORY: (Still standing) Thank you. It was really nice of you.
NATE: No problem. (Looks at Paris) Hi.
RORY: Oh… Nate, this is my friend Paris Gellar… Paris, (with a subtle eye raise) this is Nate DiLuca.
NATE: (Nods) Hello Paris.
PARIS: (Nods) Nate.
To Rory's surprise…
NATE: Do you live around here?
PARIS: My parents do, I'm currently living at Cambridge…
NATE: Ah, Harvard.
PARIS: Medical… yeah.
As she sits in her seat, Rory frowns at the completely natural conversation between the two.
NATE: (Nods) Great. Just started?
PARIS: In August.
NATE: (Nods again, then hears the barista call his name) That's me. (Looks over at Rory) Are you editing the Freedom piece? (Paris looks over at Rory)
RORY: Yes, I am.
NATE: (As he starts to move away) Can I have that by Monday afternoon? I think I want to run it sometime this week (Rory nods. Nate looks at Paris) Good luck with school.
PARIS: Thanks. (Nate takes his coffee and leaves the establishment).
Rory looks at Paris in an accusatory manner.
RORY: Congratulations, he knows more about you in the last couple of minutes, than he ever took the time to know about me the past week.
PARIS: (As she stirs her coffee) I don't see anything wrong with the guy – except maybe he's too in love with his work to notice anyone or anything around him.
RORY: He completely ignored me.
PARIS: No, he didn't.
RORY: He doesn't like me – why? I don't know.
PARIS: (As she holds the small cup up to her lips) I think you're reading too much into it.
RORY: Argh. He just bugs me so much. And the worst thing is… he's completely oblivious to it. And he doesn't even know I exist.
PARIS: (With her eyes raised) You need to get over yourself, Rory. Just because he doesn't talk to you, doesn't mean he hates you… and you're right… he's oblivious about your existence. Not everyone needs to realize that.
RORY: (Frowns again) Gee, thanks.
PARIS: (As she sips on her coffee) Anytime.
INT. CRAP SHACK LIVING ROOM - STAIRWAY – SATURDAY NIGHT
As we enter the scene, we see Lorelai sitting at the bottom of the stairs in the living room – looking at what seems to be a photograph. She's deep in thought. She hears someone enter the house. It's Luke. He looks around the foyer and finds her seated at the bottom of the stairs. He walks over and stands by the banister.
LORELAI: (Clearly exhausted by the day's events, she manages to smile) Hey.
LUKE: (Sighs) Hey. (Then he takes a step further and sits next to her on the stairs. He sees the photo in her hand) What's that? (Lorelai hands him the photo. He examines it) When you had Rory…
LORELAI: (Nods, as she subtly examines his face) Yeah. (Then she looks at the photo as well) The day after she was brought home from the hospital. (Luke turns his head to look at Lorelai – and she continues) You know, I was so afraid all throughout my pregnancy… and even after I had Rory… I was still very unsure of what I needed to do… But I remember (points at the photo) that day so well… It hit me, you know? It suddenly hit me that I was going to be stuck with this child… my child - for the rest of my life. (Luke listens intensely) I realized that it was up to me to take care of her… so I went into uber-protective mode. I told myself that I would take care of her no matter what… and I wasn't going to let anyone or anything stand in the way of me taking of her. I wanted her to have everything she would ever want, but it had to be on my terms… I wanted to control the situation… and in doing so… I neglected including my parents, neglected including her own father… and what did I get out of it?
LUKE: (Offers) A perfect daughter.
LORELAI: True… Rory was the best thing to ever happen to me. But I grew further and further away from my parents. What was already in ruins got worse. I sheltered Rory in a way that she couldn't have the relationship any child would want with her father. I'm no better than Anna, Luke. I am to blame for the distance between Chris and Rory.
LUKE: (Shakes his head) That's not true.
LORELAI: Yes, Chris has his faults… and there are plenty of them. But I only encouraged their relationship – on my own terms. (With sudden teary eyes) I've been the most selfish mother…
LUKE: (Places his hand on her back) Lorelai… please don't do this…
LORELAI: No, I need you to know my faults.
LUKE: Rory and her grandparents have never been closer… and it seems from what I've heard, Chris is trying to connect with Rory more than ever…
LORELAI: (Nods, but still teary eyed) Yes… but I don't want to repeat my mistakes ever again. (Chuckles) Funny I should say that because all I've been doing the past couple of days is keep things from you.
LUKE: (Utterly confused) Lorelai, what's going on? What does any of this have to do with…
LORELAI: (Cuts him off) I'm pregnant, Luke.
LUKE: (Pulls back a bit) What?
LORELAI: (Without a single blink, she looks at his face) I'm about four weeks pregnant.
LUKE: (In shock) Ugh.
LORELAI: (Raises her eyes and repeats) We're going to have a baby.
LUKE: (Dumbfounded) Huh?
LORELAI: (Chuckles) Are you okay?
LUKE: We're going to have a baby?
LORELAI: (Nods) We are.
LUKE: (Suddenly stands up and looks down at Lorelai) The two of us. We're going to have a baby?
LORELAI: (Chuckles a bit more, and stands up) Yes.
LUKE: (Still in shock, gets protective – he takes her gently and tries to escort her to the nearest chair) Wait… you shouldn't be standing (but realizes that there aren't any furniture) Oh… umm.
LORELAI: (Laughing, she stops him) Luke… I'm going to have a baby… I haven't been diagnosed with vertigo.
LUKE: (Holds on to her and for the first time a smile appears on his face) I'm going to be a father… again.
LORELAI: (Sighs) Yes. But this time you get to experience it all.
LUKE: (Realizes) What you said before… that's why you were hiding this from me? (Realizes once more) Emily too?
LORELAI: I was going to tell you… but all these thoughts just got me so worried about the future.
LUKE: There's no chance in hell would I ever let you or this baby go. You know that, right?
LORELAI: (Smiles) I know.
LUKE: And you will be a great mother, like you've been with Rory.
LORELAI: (Shakes her head) I don't know about that… it's been 23 years since the first one.
LUKE: (Firmly states) You're going to be great. (Lorelai smiles at how wonderful this man is) And I don't want you to ever doubt yourself… or us… ever again.
LORELAI: (Nods, through her almost tears) I won't.
LUKE: (Pulls back a bit, and looks at her covered stomach, and speaks softly) We're having a baby.
LORELAI: (Smiles) We are.
Scene fades as Luke pulls her in and kisses her.
INT. LUKE'S APARTMENT – SUNDAY MORNING
Scene opens with Lorelai at the table. She is holding the phone – almost as if she's waiting for a call. Luke, having just poured some orange juice in a couple of glasses, sets them on the table… and sits next to her.
LORELAI: She should call any minute now. (The phone rings) Ah! (She answers) Rory?
Scene CUTS between the apartment and the Gilmore Study.
RORY: (Standing next to her grandparents – she speaks) Hey mom. I've got grandma and grandpa here, like you requested. What's up?
RICHARD: (Who is seated in his chair – is confused) Yes, what's this about?
EMILY: (Calmly) Patience, Richard. (Richard frowns at how calm she is).
LUKE: Hey there.
RORY: Hello Luke.
LORELAI: (Hitting the speaker button) Okay, I am dialing April now.
RICHARD: (Looks up at Emily – who is leaning against the desk) April? Why are we talking to April? What's going on? (They hear the phone ringing)
RORY: (Smiles) Yeah, what's going on?
LORELAI: Hold on guys.
Scene now cuts between April's bedroom in NM, the Gilmore study and Luke's apartment.
LUKE: Hello, April.
APRIL: (Cheerfully) Hey Lorelai… hey dad! (Richard clears his throat to be included)
LORELAI: Oh. Mom – dad… April. April… my mother and father.
APRIL: Oh. Hello Mr. and Mrs. Gilmore.
EMILY: (Curiously) Hello April.
RICHARD: (Smiles) It's a pleasure to finally meet… (raises an eye as he realizes the mode of communication) ahem… you, April.
RORY: Hello April!
RORY: (Chuckles) This is fun.
LORELAI: (Chuckles as well) Isn't it? (Luke rolls his eyes)
RICHARD: (Not wanting to waste any more time) Alright… now that you have us all on the phone, Lorelai…
LORELAI: Oh… yes… yes. Now that everyone is here… (tilts her head at Luke) Luke and I would like to share something with you (Emily smirks)…
Lorelai and Luke take a moment to smile at each other, while everyone is intensely listening to silence.
LORELAI: Luke and I are having a baby.
Everyone hears a sudden squeal on the phone, and everyone except Rory pull back a bit. Rory chuckles. Richard is taken by complete surprise and looks at Emily.
APRIL: (Makes a guilty face) Oops. Sorry everyone. This is great news!
RORY: (Extremely happy) Oh my god, mom… Luke! This is great news!
LUKE: (Awkwardly) Thank you April and Rory.
RICHARD: (A perfect balance to the high-pitched voices) This is such a surprise. Congratulations, Luke and Lorelai. Definitely something worth celebrating. (Looks up at his wife) Emily?
EMILY: (Tries to act surprised) Yes, definitely a surprise. (Richard raises an eye). Congratulations.
LORELAI: Well (sighs) that's all we wanted to really say.
APRIL: (Being herself) I hope it's a boy!
RORY: (Chuckles again) I hope so too!
Richard and Emily, clearly not used to squealing young girls – look at each other.
LORELAI: Okay guys. We will talk to you later.
RICHARD: Have a good day, everyone.
RORY: Talk to you soon, mom! Bye Luke… and April!
APRIL: Bye everyone!
Luke and Lorelai hang up and look at each other.
LUKE: Yeah, that was very weird.
LORELAI: (Smiles) … but fun. (Chuckles)
CUT to the GILMORE STUDY
RICHARD: (Sits back and crosses his arms) Well then, that was quite interesting. (Emily continues to stay quiet and nod).
RORY: (Sighs, then with a cheerful voice…) This calls for a celebration… (Her cell phone rings) Oops… it's me… (she pulls her cell phone from her jean pocket and sees an unfamiliar number – then looks up at Richard and Emily) I will take this outside.
RICHARD: (Just as Rory leaves, looks at Emily) I'm curious, Emily. Why aren't you more surprised at the news?
EMILY: (With a mischievous smirk) My daughter and I shared a secret for almost three days.
CUT to the EXT. GILMORE STUDY
RORY: (Answers the phone) Hello?
LOGAN: Hello Rory.
Scene cuts between Logan's apartment in San Francisco and the Gilmore mansion.
RORY: (With a sudden surprise) Logan?
LOGAN: How have you been?
RORY: (Unsure of how to react) I… I am fine. How are you?
LOGAN: (Nods as he paces with one hand in his trouser pocket) Not bad.
RORY: (Clearly taken back by the call) Good. (She makes her way to the back of the house – and closes the door behind her)
LOGAN: I called to congratulate you on your new job.
RORY: (Smoothes her long bangs) New job?
LOGAN: Yeah, Hugo told me you got a job at the Hartford Courant.
RORY: Oh… yeah. I did. (Then states) I also worked in Iowa.
LOGAN: I know… Hugo told me that too – when you first started. (Stops pacing and looks at his shoes) I wanted to congratulate you then too, but it was too soon. You know?
LOGAN: (Tries to make it easier on her, so he chuckles) Couldn't keep up with Obama?
Scene fades on Rory as she slightly smiles.
Next week on the Gilmore Girls… VOICEOVER: A new friendship begins…
VOICEOVER: A new friendship begins…
RORY: (On the phone – smiling) Hey there.
LOGAN: (On the phone as well) Happy birthday, Ace.
VOICEOVER: … amidst all the celebration…
TOWNIES: (As Rory walks into the diner) HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RORY!!!
Rory laughs in surprise.
LORELAI: (Gasps at an object not visible to the viewers) You made that? (A shot of Luke smiling)
VOICEOVER: With problems to overcome…
LORELAI: (To Sookie) I don't know where we're going for our honeymoon. We haven't been able to decide.
SOOKIE: I'm sure there's an easy way to figure it out (A shot of the townies at what seems to be a town meeting).
RORY: (To Ken) I don't know why he's such a jerk (Shot of Rory seeing Nate behind her)
VOICEOVER: Will he finally notice her?
NATE: (A little annoyed) You may want to read up on my job description before you go around making assumptions on how I should do my job.
RORY: But… (Nate walks away)
VOICEOVER: How will Rory's 23rd birthday go down? Tune in to find out next week…
There you have it. Will post teaser of 8.08 some time this week. It will begin a few weeks after the end of 8.07. Is it Rory-centric? You may have to read and find out.
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